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Bar Review: The Celtic House Pub

Submitted by on June 10, 2009 – 12:51 PMNo Comment
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The Celtic House Pub
16522 Keystone Blvd
Parker, CO 80134

Hours of Operation: Mon -Wed, 4 PM -Midnight Thu -Sat 11 AM-2 AM, Sun, 11 AM-10 PM

Best time to go: After work (between 5-6 PM) before the crowds come in

celtic-house-pubTucked into the same strip center that houses the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you’ll find a little piece of Ireland. The green neon sign atop the doorway of the Celtic House Pub acts as a beacon, inviting weary wanderers to stop in and have a pint or two. I have stopped in on more than a few occasions to enjoy the unique atmosphere of this small, locally owned pub and often invite friends to meet me there after work. For me, the appeal of the Celtic House Pub is its reminiscence of Ireland and its great prices. In fact, the drink prices are as easy to swallow as the drink itself.

When you enter the pub you will first notice the ornate woodwork on the bar back. The pieces were purchased from salvage warehouses and the Oxford Hotel in Denver, sanded down by owners Mike and Doug, and assembled into a bar area. The oak tables in the restaurant area were even hand-crafted by the bar’s owners. If you can’t find a seat at the bar, which was built in 1895 by the Brunswick Corporation, you may have to cozy up to a tabletop or hang out on the patio with your pals. All are equally appealing options.

Since I am partial to all things Irish, I decided to ask around for other thoughts on the Celtic House Pub. Jim Tuson stated, ” If you are into a crowd that wears sweaters around their necks and boat shoes in the Rocky Mountains, then the Celtic is the hang out for you. If you are just stopping in for a beer, they have a fair selection of Irish and British ales and stouts”.  Another patron, Jill Byrd, commented that while she was not overly impressed with the place, she did like it better than other bars in Parker.

The Celtic House Pub offers a full bar with a decent selection of bottled and tap beers – Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks, Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Coors Light, Bud Light, and Miller Lite. The food is a different story though. If you have the misfortune to get hungry while you’re there, you might be better off stepping across the street to Sonic. I’ve had the pizza, the sliders (both the chicken and the burgers), the fried mac and cheese, the wings and the fries, and have yet to be impressed. Yes, I know it is only bar fare, but still, one likes their bar fare to have a little flavor.

Pros: Ambiance & prices

Cons: Food, hard to find a seat at times

Rating: 3 out of 5